2National Christmas Tree Lighting
, and the first lady of the united states, michelle obama. [applause] >> thank you, rico. >> thank you. >> hi, guys. how are you doing? we are going to read a story. what do you think we are going to read? 'twas the night before christmas. rico and i are going to take turns. are you ready? 'twas the night before christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. the stockings were hung by the chimney with care. >> the children -- >> and mama and her kerchief and i and my cat had settled our brains for a long winter's nap. >> when alice on the roof there arose such a clatter i sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. >> i tore open the shutters and the sash. >> the moon on the crest of the new fallen snow gave the luster of midday to objects below. 1 what to my wondering eyes should appear? but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer. >> i knew in a moment and must be saint nick. >> more rapid than eagles, he whistled and shouted and called them by name. >> now dancer, now dasher, on comment, and to but, on donner and listen. >> to the top of the
44th president of the united states of america, barack obama. ♪ ♪ >> merry christmas, everybody. michelle told me to be brief because she wants to hear music. thank you for that generous introduction and for your dedication to protecting our natural resources. i want to thank the whole national park foundation and the national park service team for helping to put on this beautiful production. let's give a big hand to kneel patrick harris and this evening's performers for putting on a fantastic show. and i want to thank all of you for joining us in this tradition. >> we have been lighting the national christmas tree for 90 years now, in times of war and peace, triumph and tragedy, we've always come together to rejoice in the christmas miracle. but our tree has been having a hard time recently. this is our third one. our long standing tree was lost in a storm. and then its replacement didn't take hold. goes to show nobody's job is safe here in washington. but i feel good about this one. it was planted just days before hurricane sandy and it made it through the storm in one piece.
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